Eddie Jones: Former England boss speaks out after dismissal

Eddie Jones has broken his silence after parting ways with England earlier this week, just nine months out from the Rugby World Cup.

Jones was relieved of his duties as England’s head coach after a dismal Autumn Nations Series in which the Red Rose fell to defeats to South Africa and Argentina, as well as a draw against New Zealand.

Those results meant England finished the year winning just five of their 12 Tests, their worst calendar year since 2008.

What’s next for Jones?

The 62-year-old has already been linked with the USA head coach role, which Gary Gold vacated this week, and the Wallabies job.

However, he hasn’t ruled anything out and has previously spoken about switching codes, with coaching South Sydney in the NRL being one of his goals.

Jones reiterated his pride in his time as England head coach, speaking out for the first time since his departure.

“In this job I’ve learnt it’s impossible to avoid being moved on,” Jones told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“It comes with the gig. But I’m proud of what we accomplished in my time here [with England], and I wish I had the opportunity to finish what I started.”


Sticking to his ways

The Australian is renowned for sticking to his guns, and despite the criticism of his style, he remains resolute.

“All the critics are having their say,” he said.

“My only response is that I have coached a certain way my whole career, and I’m happy with that, and I’m not about to change anything when it comes to my dedication, expectations and determination to get things done. I’m not going to get into anything more than that.

Jones didn’t go into too much detail about his next venture but said: “I think everyone knows I love a scrap, and I’m up for whatever challenge is next.”

“I’m open to looking at everything in rugby, and I’ve made no secret of my wish to give the NRL a go, too. Nothing is off the table. Nothing. It’s all about the right job at the right time, and I’ll look at it all.”

Mike Tindall responds to Jones’ dismissal

Meanwhile, former England centre Mike Tindall has offered his opinion on the RFU’s decision to part ways with Jones.

“It’s a really difficult one because Eddie does divide opinion,” Tindall told ITV.

“I would say I don’t agree with their decision to part ways, [but] I understand why they’ve done it.

“I still think he’s still delivered an 18-game winning streak, and he’s produced probably the best England performance that’s ever been seen against New Zealand in 2019.

“If you look from 2019 to where we are now, the results aren’t quite as good, so it really is a difficult one, but I would’ve stuck with him and then changed after the World Cup.”